Scottish Winter Mountain Courses

Winter hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing in Scotland, and in particular on Ben Nevis, is world famous. We offer courses for everyone, whether you are just starting out or have years of experience under your belt.

Scotland is renown for its challenging conditions, which we are grateful for as they are essential to build up the ice and rime which makes winter climbing here so unique. Winter mountaineering, ice climbing and hillwalking activities are invariably affected by the weather and the current snow and ice conditions. To enjoy this challenging environment it is just as important to develop your skills and understand the hazards as it is to experience your dream route or develop your climbing technique.

All of our guides and instructors that work on our Scottish winter courses have excellent local knowledge accumulated over many years of personal winter walking and climbing. They are able to ensure that the most is made of every day in the mountains meaning anyone attending with us will gain useful insights on how to plan your day and get the best out of it, even during the most challenging weather.


Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Great Weekend with WCMG After some lean winter conditions it was great to arrive in Fort William and know that Ken had some ideas for our weekend climbing up his sleeve. Always adaptive to whats happening at any given point in the mountains Ken guided us up No3 Gully Buttress on day 1 and Tower Ridge on day 2 as conditions improved. Both as ever were done whilst passing on his vast knowledge and... read more

    jameshazelton 20 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Amazing ice climbing day out on Ben Nevis with Mark Scales My friend and I went for a multi-pitch ice climbing on Ben Nevis end of January with Mark (the guide) leading/equipping the entire route and us following behind on top-rope. It was the perfect amount of challenge for such a short trip and Mark has been really helpful with equipment and picked an amazing route for us. We were also really lucky with the conditions (it was sunny!!). Mark really... read more

    MarcR2938 19 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Private Winter Mountaineering This was our second trip with WCMG - highly recommend! This time we had two great days of private winter mountaineering in Glencoe with Dave Fowler! Dave was very professional and knowledgeable, and qualified to provide something a ‘wee bit more technical’ than just hillwalking (as Ken described it). We learnt a lot from him and felt safe despite the challenging conditions with stormy weather! On the first day we... read more

    Alverstone1907 16 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Private Winter Mountaineering Had a great three days for our private winter mountaineering course with Ken! Ken covered a variety of topics that allowed us to be more comfortable during Scottish winter conditions. Ken answered any and all of our questions - which there were many. We're really excited to use our new skills out in the Scottish Highlands thanks to West Coast Mountain Guides.

    manderswanders 12 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Bespoke Winter Mountaineering Skills Had a great time with Ken over three days and more importantly learned enough to greatly increase our confidence covering technical terrain in Winter. Despite the lean conditions this season, west coast mount guides worked with us to pick the best days. With the private guiding we were able to tailor the routes to focus on the skills we wanted to learn. First day on the Ben covering crampon... read more

    willbD6611NX 12 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Introductory snow and ice climb Glencoe Nothing but positive feedback. The guide was first class and we really enjoyed the day. He judged the situation perfectly.

    RAS-D42 11 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Cracking Winter Skills day Fantastic day with Andy on the North face of Ben Nevis making best use of the snow conditions to learn a variety of winter skills. Very pleased we booked privately as the extra attention allowed us to push ourselves and get some really valuable feedback. Great too to see the emphasis on practice of footwork without crampons and making decisions for the day. Andy's knowledge and enthusiasm was faultless, really... read more

    SJF_Scotland 10 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Westcoast came up with the goods once again It's no coincidence that even in very thin winter climbing conditions, westcoast find routes that still deliver. The proof is that the following day you will see everyone else queuing up to do the route you did the day before.
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    Neil M 10 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Will keep coming back to these guys again and again. I was so impressed when I climbed with Ken from West Coast Mountain Guides last year that I came back again this year and would only use him. Ever professional, friendly, knowledgable and patient, Ken really is a great guide and has built a great company here. With me being fairly new to the scene, Ken is slowly building up the grade of routes and in-turn, my confidence and knowledge.... read more

    Nick B 09 Feb 2020
  • 5 star rating Outstanding Guided Climbs around Fort William I spend 4 days with 2 different West Coast guides (Dave and Niels). They were both terrific, I learned an incredible amount in a short time and would highly recommend. The weather was softer/wetter than I hoped but it didn't stop us finding lots of places to have fun. The guides were very responsive to my matching my development needs to the changeable weather conditions. They are both incredible... read more

    Jonathan R 05 Feb 2020

    5 star rating Winter mountaineering trip up the Ben Ken & West Coast Mountain guides organised an absolutely fantastic couple of days with their guide, Stuart, for myself and my 9-year old son and a friend and his son. We all learnt a lot and gained in confidence for tackling the hills in the winter, which was the objective, including all sorts of winter skills & poor visibility navigation. Ken offered great advice and support pre trip & Stuart... read more

    roryfyfe 04 Feb 2020

    5 star rating The best two days on a mountain Ever I just wanted to message and say what an amazing couple of days we had with Mark and West Coast Mountain Guides. We couldn't have asked for anything more!! Mark was great with us, not just guiding but also coaching us along a bit. Giles and I have both said that they were two of the best days we have ever spent on a mountain. Western Rib and Tower Ridge... read more

    Y8249ATmattf 26 Jan 2020